The research on the importance of emotional intelligence is overwhelming. Researchers have shown that our success at work or in life depends on Emotional Intelligence 80% and only 20% of intellect. While our intellect help us to resolve problems, to make the calculations or to process information, Emotional intelligence (called EQ) allows us to be more creative and use our emotions to resolve our problems.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive and express, assimilate emotion in thought, understanding the differences of emotions and adjust ourselves and others emotions. Unlike logical-mathematical intelligence, which suffers insignificant modifications once the end of adolescence, emotional intelligence can be developed over time, free of age limit, with the condition that it is provided the necessary attention and effort to it.
Importantly, researchers tell us that learning a second or third language can lead to greater empathy skills and tolerance, two key qualities of higher emotional intelligence (Zia, 2010). Additionally, the socialization benefits of language learning provide critical insights to culture and promotes better socialization skills through increased acceptance of other traditions and beliefs (Marian & Shook, 2012).
The emotional intelligence qualities that we focus on include: